BFCC-QIO Updates

on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. All News Items | Case Management | Documentation | Coding

New Scope of Work, New Regions, Temporary Review Pause

You know that old saying, time flies by when you are having fun? Well, the older I get, it is more apt to say that time flies by regardless of the fun factor. I will leave it up to you, the reader, to decide if the 2014 QIO Program Transition was fun. Fun or not, here we are five years later and the 11th Scope of Work (SOW) is coming to an end.

On April 30th KEPRO and LIVANTA were again awarded the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care (BFCC-QIO) contracts for the 12th SOW that will run from 2019-2023. This article highlights fun activities related to this transition for you the provider and provides information about a temporary pause of Short Stay and Higher Weighted DRG (HWDRG) Reviews.

BFCC-QIO 12th Scope of Work, What You Need to Know and Do

Know Your Region

With the 11th SOW, KEPRO and LIVANTA provided services in 5 distinct Regions with each Region having a specific phone number and contact information.  CMS has restructured the coverage areas for the 12th SOW based on the Medicare Regional Offices. Effective June 8, 2019 there will be ten Regions as outlined in the following table:

BFCC-QIO 12th Scope of Work Regions
RegionStates in RegionBFCC-QIO
1 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont KEPRO
2 New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands LIVANTA
3 Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, DC, Virginia, West Virginia LIVANTA
4 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee KEPRO
5 Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin LIVANTA
6 Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas KEPRO
7 Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska LIVANTA
8 Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming KEPRO
9 California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa LIVANTA
10 Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington KEPRO

Update Your Appeals Notices

Acute care providers will need to update the Important Message from Medicare (IM) with the correct BFCC-QIO name and phone number for your region. Both LIVANTA and KEPRO have indicated that it is acceptable to use labels to cover the existing information on your current appeals notices.

Memorandum of Agreement 

A new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is required for ALL Medicare health care providers (even if your BFCC-QIO is not changing). KEPRO has a page dedicated to MOA updates, and includes FAQs and a link to sign up for an email distribution list to receive updates from KEPRO.

Phone Numbers for BFCC QIO Services

Again, effective June 8th, all calls should be directed to phone numbers provided on the BFCC-QIO websites. As this time, KEPRO and LIVANTA will continue to handle all discharge appeals, quality complaints and immediate advocacy for Medicare patients and families.

All transition updates, including phone numbers, are available on KEPRO and LIVANTA’s websites at:

Temporary Pause of BFCC-QIO Short Stay and Higher Weighted DRG Reviews

In the 11th SOW the BFCC-QIOs were responsible for HWDRG and Short Stay Reviews. As of May 8, 2019, a temporary pause was placed on both types of reviews. Per CMS, this action was taken to procure a new BFCC-QIO contractor and going forward HWDRG and Short Stay reviews will resume with a single organization performing these reviews on a national basis.

CMS anticipates a contract award to be issued by the 3rd quarter of calendar year 2019. MMP will continue to follow this story and report as soon as a contract is awarded. In the meantime, have fun identifying your BFCC-QIO, updating your Appeals Notices, and completing a new MOA.

 

Article by Beth Cobb

Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS, is the Manager of Clinical Analytics at Medical Management Plus, Inc.  Beth has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare including eleven years in Case Management at a large multi-facility health system. 

In her current position, Beth is a principle writer for MMP’s Wednesday@One weekly e-newsletter, an active member of our HIPAA Compliance Committee, MMP’s Education Department Program Director and co-developer of MMP’s proprietary Compliance Risk Assessment (CRA) Tool. You may contact Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

This material was compiled to share information.  MMP, Inc. is not offering legal advice.  Every reasonable effort has been taken to ensure the information is accurate and useful.

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